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Who is at risk of HPV?

Page last updated 28 April 2020

HPV is very common in both men and women, with initial infection occurring closely after a sexual encounter. Although it is common among young Australian’s, it is important to note that it is not only a young person’s disease.

It is thought that up to 80% of males and females who have had any kind of sexual activity involving genital contact will be infected with at least one of the types of genital HPV at some time in their life.

Those at increased risk include:

  • men who have sex with men
  • adults with a weakened immune system.

Sources & Citations

  1. Australian Government. Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook – Rubella. Available at: (accessed 19 March 2020).
  2. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Rubella complications. Available at: (accessed 19 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0131(1) - Date of preparation April 2020